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Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Earth-616)

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Information-silkReal Name Unknown [1]
Information-silkCurrent AliasContessa Valentina "Val" Allegra de la Fontaine
Information-silkAliasesAgent 14, Madame Hydra,[2] Val De Fontaine[3]
Information-silkRelativesunnamed parents (deceased)
Information-silkAffiliationLeviathan; formerly Hydra, S.H.I.E.L.D., CIA, Femme Force
Information-silkBase Of OperationsLondon, England; Formerly Perestroika; Long Winter; S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier; New York City, New York
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipRussian, Forged Italian
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationTerrorist; former intelligence agent
Information-silkEducationS.H.I.E.L.D. Academy graduate
Information-silkHeight5' 8"
Information-silkWeight130 lbs (59 kg)
Information-silkHairBlack with white streak
Information-silkCreatorsJim Steranko
First Appearance

Quote1 ... After both of my parents were killed in the resistance, life became meaningless. Quote2
-- Valentina Allegra de Fontaine src
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Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine

Little has been revealed about the past of the Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine. She and her parents where sleeper agents for Leviathan inside the Italian anti-communism movement. Unaware of this, Dum-Dum Dugan recruited her. Formerly a member of the European "jet set," the Contessa sought a more serious role in life, and eventually entered a training program to become an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., the international intelligence and law enforcement agency. She first encountered Nick Fury, the Public Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., towards the end of her training, when she impressed him by overpowering him in hand-to-hand combat.

As a result of her remarkable talents and skills in many areas, the Contessa soon became a leading member of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Her first major assignment for S.H.I.E.L.D. was her participation in the battles against the robotic duplicate of the Yellow Claw.

Nick Fury and Valentina became lovers after his relationship with Laura Brown appeared to end. Valentina would eventually move in with Nick. Jealous of Nick's on again off again relationship with Brown, Val flirted with sometime S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Captain America. This angered Nick and he and the Captain became estranged for some time. Nick confronted Captain America at his apartment, and the two intensely fought over Val. However, Val interupted the fight and explained her motives. The three appeared to leave the matter on friendly terms.[5]

At one point the Contessa was the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Femme Force, an elite cadre of female agents. The disputed leadership of Femme Force, and Val's flirtations with Sharon Carter's boyfriend, Captain America, also led Val and Carter to have a frosty relationsip. Nothing has been recenlty revealed about the Femme Force's activities; and it may therefore be presumed that the group was disbanded years ago.

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The Contessa was among the small number of leading agents loyal to Fury who were not killed and replaced by one of the artificially created human beings called the Deltites. The Contessa was among the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who struggled against the Deltite takeover, which was finally defeated by Fury and others. Following the defeat of the Deltites, Fury persuaded the United Nations to disband S.H.I.E.L.D.. Aided by the Contessa and a few more of his closest loyal aides, Fury traveled throughout the world, closing S.H.I.E.L.D. bases and destroying its most dangerous weaponry and technology.

When Nick Fury went underground, most of those close to him in S.H.I.E.L.D. were sent to lower profile positions, the Contessa among them. She was reassigned to be S.H.I.E.L.D.'s liaison to the U.K. It was in this capacity that she was assigned to help Union Jack, along with the Israeli superheroine Sabra and the new Arabian Knight, to stop a R.A.I.D. terrorist attack on London.[6] When super-villains began attacking multiple areas of the city simultaneously, the Contessa went with the Arabian Knight to stop Firebrand and Boomerang from attacking Heathrow Airport. They succeeded in stopping the villains, but not before R.A.I.D. agents were able to hijack a plane which they planned to use as part of their terrorist attack. Luckily, Union Jack and Sabra quickly arrived to rescue the plane.[7] The Corruptor was also hiding at Heathrow Airport and used this opportunity to subvert the Contessa, Arabian Knight and Sabra's wills, turning them against Union Jack. Jack, however, managed to maneuver his teammates into taking out the Corruptor and then was able to dispatch each of them without seriously injuring them.[8] The Contessa scoffed when she learned that the weapon of mass destruction that R.A.I.D. had smuggled into the country was a Dreadnought claiming that she had defeated many of the robots in the past. She shut up when she saw the new upgraded model that the terrorist group had sent on a rampage in Trafalgar Square. The ad hoc group of heroes managed to neutralize the robot before it did too much harm with the assistance of some local workers.[9]


Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Earth-616) from Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update Vol 1 3

Madame Hydra

The Contessa secretly joined Hydra, taking the identity of Madame Hydra.[2] She manipulated Hydra into taking a powerful artifact from the Silver Samurai. She then betrayed Hydra to the shadowy Leviathan, nearly killing Viper. Working with Magadan, she awakened Orion and a veritable army of Leviathan soldiers. This led to a war between the two organizations.

Having been discovered to have been a Russian sleeper agent throughout her career with S.H.I.E.L.D. as well, following the end of this conflict the Contessa surrendered herself to Interpol and was last seen in prison.


The Contessa is a superb hand-to-hand combatant, a brilliant marksman with firearms of most kinds, and an excellent leader and strategist on combat missions in the field.

Strength level

The Contessa possesses the normal human strength of a women of her age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise.

At the time of Grizzly's interrogation, when she was S.H.I.E.L.D. Deputy Director, Valentina was Agent Security Level 9, and was granted clearance Level 10 agent in the preparation of the Secret War.[11]

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